Picture of the month: The bridge

Pont de l'Europe at night, Orleans, France

Pont de l’Europe at night, Orleans, France

 

Designed by architect Santiago Calatrava, this bridge, inaugurated in December 2000, is of a unique design in France. Its simple and clean lines make it majestic and its integration into the unique landscape is quite successful.

 

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Happy newyear! (and a thought..)

Fireworks over a boat on the Loire river in Orléans

Fireworks!

A year has gone by… how time flies!..

I started this blog back in August / September this year. I choose to use WordPress, because I like it’s concepts. It was never intended to be a “high profile” blog with huge amounts of traffic. No, I was very happy with the few visitors I had each day. So I was very surprised to see a huge rise in visitors about three weeks ago. What happened?

After a few days I decided to investigate. It was not difficult to see what was going on: I had (and I still have) hundreds of connections each day on one particular page: “wp-login.php”. Now that’s interesting! Every day a few hundred machines, probably part of a botnet, are trying to crack my admin password by brute-force.

I’m not too worried though, because I have a pretty strong password, but I decided to install a supplemental plugin called “Limit Login Attempts” to limit the connection rate of the bad guys. This way it should take them a few hundred years(!) to find my password according to statistical laws…

But all this made me think. I wonder how many small blogs, “abandoned” blogs or blogs with a low posting frequency are hacked without the owner knowing anything about it? Because it has become obvious to me that these kinds of “low profile websites” are ideal targets for hackers… Scary…!

Anyway: happy new year and blog safely!

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Six

Bridge

Bridge “George V”, Orléans, France

Six lampposts on the bridge “George V” in Orléans, France. A long exposure: 85 seconds.

The “George V Bridge” is a road and tram bridge that crosses the Loire in Orléans, France. It is an arched masonry bridge spanning a distance of 325 m. Designed by Jean Hupeau, it was built between 1751 to 1760, at the request of Daniel-Charles Trudaine, administrator and civil engineer. (Source: Wikipedia)

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